Adrienne Pierce to run for National in Palmerston North
Hastings councillor Adrienne Pierce has been confirmed as the National Party's candidate for the Palmerston North electorate.
Pierce, who was elected to the Hastings District Council in 2013 and 2016, is a nurse by trade.
She has spent the past 25 years building and selling businesses, according to her profile on the Hastings District Council website.
She had sought to be National's candidate for Tukituki, but lost out to Hastings District mayor Lawrence Yule.
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Pierce replaces Jono Naylor as National's Palmerston North candidate. Naylor, the city's former mayor, bowed out of national politics after a single term.
National's Palmerston North branch chairman Rob Woodhouse said the selection process was not easy, but he was confident Pierce would be an "incredibly good candidate".
Pierce's husband Alan had taken up a position at a Palmerston North law firm, so the couple would move to the city, Woodhouse said.
"She's another immigrant to our beautiful city."
In a statement, Pierce said she was thrilled to have the opportunity to run for MP.
"I'll be working hard to earn Palmerston North's backing to be a strong advocate for the city in a National-led government that gets results."
She also described Palmerston North as "our city" and Manawatu as "our region", although she does not yet live in the area.
It will be the first time Labour's Iain Lees-Galloway, Palmerston North's incumbent MP, will run against a candidate coming from outside the city.
He said he had not heard of Pierce before, but did not find it odd she was standing in Palmerston North.
"People often seek election in electorates they are not from."
However, he felt being a part of the Palmerston North community for nearly 20 years was an advantage.
"That's important if you want to be able to advocate for your city.
"I'm sure she is going to enjoy Palmerston North, but also discover we have our challenges."
The only other confirmed candidate for the Palmerston North seat is the Green Party's Thomas Nash.
NZ First MP Darroch Ball is expected to have another run at the seat. He made it to Parliament in 2014 as a list MP on the back of the party vote.